Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Father, your truth is made known in your Word. Guide us to seek the truth of the human person. Teach us the way to love because you are Love. Jesus, you embody Love and Truth. Help us to recognize your face in the poor. Enable us to live out our vocation to bring love and justice to your people. Holy Spirit, you inspire us to transform our world. Empower us to seek the common good for all persons. Give us a spirit of solidarity and make us one human family. Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Series on Sacred Architecture 
Presented by: Mr. William Heyer, Architect
January of 2019

This lecture series will explore the origins and growth of Catholic architecture through the ages and the language and expression of Christian architecture. The timeless nature of sacred architecture finds its roots in our human desire to be part of something greater than ourselves. Christian architecture reveals that “something greater” to the world and shows our desire to express true reverence to our Creator. We will explore how this was accomplished in ancient times and even in our own Diocese.

Thursday, 10 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at ancient classical buildings through the Renaissance and how those sacred buildings influenced our own churches today. The rules of ancient classical architecture were thoughtful and revelatory: they sought to express in sacred buildings the Good, True, and Beautiful with Strength, Economy, and Delight. Many of these rules continue in our churches to this day.

Thursday, 17 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at medieval cathedrals through the 20th century and how those sacred buildings influenced our own churches today. Monastic learning, Thomas Aquinas, and medieval philosophy all had an incredible influence of our understanding of the world and what buildings mean for our experiences here on earth. This influence is still present in our understanding of how churches can be built and made more beautiful.

Thursday, 24 January at 7 pm (Spirit Center): Understanding Sacred Architecture looking at contemporary churches—the good and the bad—and understanding how we have been steered away from timeless sacred architecture principles in some cases and how we otherwise have strived for a continuity with our Catholic identity using new forms and techniques of building. These lessons are important for providing meaningful churches for our children and future generations of American Catholics.

William Heyer has been the sacred architect who has guided and crafted the plan for the beautification of our historic parish church to begin in January of 2019.

About Mr. William Heyer
William Heyer has twenty-five years experience building traditional and classical architecture. From historic renovation work, to new churches, residences, additions and furniture, his knowledge and skills in the classical language for contemporary architecture form the foundation for his practice. Additionally, he has been the architect who has guided our historic church’s beautification plan in preparation for our parish’s bicentennial. 

Brian McCauley

Director of Religious Education
Office: 740.653.5054